English as a Second Language Specialist
Are you interested in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students in the public school setting? Would you like to expand your preparation to teach PreK- 12 English language learners (ELLs) in your content area? Would you like to enhance your employability for teaching in multicultural settings?
Saint Vincent College announces an intensive add-on Pennsylvania K-12 ESL Program Specialist Certificate over the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (16 graduate credits).
What Can I Do With an Endorsement as an English as a Second Language Specialist?
Educators who obtain this add-on certificate are well prepared to teach ELLs at various levels of English language proficiency. Newly certified and in-service PreK-4, middle level English and secondary English teachers can qualify to be an ESL teacher in the content area of English Language Arts by adding on the K-12 ESL Program Specialist Certificate. This same certificate also prepares content area teachers to effectively plan and implement culturally responsive instruction with ELLs in their specific disciplines. English language learners represent the fastest growing K-12 public school population, a trend which is expected to continue.
Becoming an ESL Program Specialist offers many unique multicultural opportunities in addition to teaching in the public school. Having this certificate can open doors to international travel opportunities and can serve as a springboard for earning a Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language internationally. TESOL teachers do not have to be fluent in a foreign language since the approach is to teach real-life English skills, often with a focus on social/conversational communication and/or context-specific (e.g., business English) skills. Careers in TESOL are projected to grow as fast as the average for all teaching occupations.